A few weeks ago, I shared these adorable DIY mermaid and narwhal hand puppets. Now it’s time to get a little crazy with this DIY mad scientist hand puppet. Let your little creative concoct crazy schemes and bring their monsters to life with play!
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Who doesn’t feel a bit like a mad scientist sometimes. I feel that way any time I have to create dinner on the fly using only what’s in the pantry. Throw it in a pot, turn up the heat, and watch it simmer, right?
Now, your kiddos can get scientific and crazy on their own. Luckily, this isn’t going to add to your toy clutter. You can throw it in the same storage container with your other puppets and off you go.
Materials for Mad Scientist Hand Puppet
- Red Silicon Potholder (I found mine at Dollar Tree but here are similar ones)
- Yarn (similar)
- Small Notebook
- Pink Glitter Foam (I used the one from this pack)
- Large Googly Eyes
First, wrap the loose end of your yarn around your notebook 5-10 times.
Cut where the yard is still attached to the skein and then cut a smaller, separate piece of yarn from the skein.
Next, carefully slide your wrapped yarn from the notebook and onto the smaller piece of yarn.
Tie the smaller piece of yarn around the wrapped yarn.
Then cut through the yarn loops on either end.
Hold one side of your tied yarn bundle firmly in your hand and comb the opposite side with a comb.
- Make sure you have a tight grip or the comb can pull out the strands of yarn.
- Tousle your yarn some throughout combing to make sure you comb all of the strands.
Repeat step 6 on the opposite side of your bundle of yarn.
Once your yarn is basically a big fluff ball, glue it to the top center of your potholder.
- Instead of doing a dab of glue, run a line of E6000 across the entire top and press your yarn firmly into it. The fluffiness of the yarn makes it easier to come off without this extra security.
After you have attached the hair, glue 2 large googly eyes to the potholder.
Next, cut a wide semi-circle from a sheet of pink glitter foam. Make sure it is no wider than your potholder.
Finish your mad scientist hand puppet by gluing the foam semi-circle inside of the potholder as pictured.
I love how this DIY mad scientist hand puppet turned out. In fact, I love it so much I think I’m going to make some cute little beakers and test tubes to go with it. Don’t worry, I’ll share them with you if I do.
If you still haven’t decided how to store your hand puppets, I recommend a plastic shoe box with a lid. It will also be plenty of room to store any accessories we make for it. Not bad for toy storage, don’t you think?
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